ACMC believes that a bright future lies in the hearts and minds of our young people and supporting arts programs will insure that our children have the best possible conditions for a bright future! ACMC’s Youth Programs consist of a series of cultural enrichment programs for all young people of Moore County. Activities range from art workshops to children’s theatre productions; from professional shows to summer arts events.
Check out some of the upcoming Youth Programs:
The Arts Council of Moore County offers several arts camps for youth each summer. The camps are an effort to offer Moore County’s youth the opportunity to explore the magic of theatre and visual arts–on stage, on paper, or behind the scenes.
Information for our 2014 Summer Arts Camps will come out in February or March, 2014.
The ACMC Young People’s Fine Arts Festival is an annual art competition presented by the Arts Council of Moore County. Moore County’s public, private, charter, and home schools in grades K through 12 submit their students’ work to be displayed during March, which is officially “Arts in Schools” Month. High school students’ artwork is judged and their reception and awards ceremony is Thursday evening. A reception for all grade levels is held the first Friday evening in March.
PERFORMING ARTS IN MOORE SCHOOLS (PAMS) PROGRAM
Since 1981, the Arts Council of Moore County and Moore County Schools have presented the PAMS (Performing Arts in Moore Schools) Program, with the goal to give every Moore County student a positive experience with a professional performing artist. This partnership has brought such outstanding artists to all students in the Moore County Schools, such as Grammy winning musician and storyteller David Holt, Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Jackie Torrence-The Story Lady, and the Appalachian State University Steely Pan Steel Drum Band, and Hobey Ford Puppets, just to name a few. Each program has been carefully selected for quality, grade appropriateness and curriculum basis.
MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Once a year, the Arts Council of Moore County brings in the Missoula Children’s Theatre to present a free week-long residency, with the goal to develop lifeskills in our children through participation in the performing arts. This unique week-long residency begins with an open group audition and culminates in two public performances. 40-50 students grades K-8 are cast and well rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform as an ensemble in producing a full-length musical. All shows are original adaptations of children’s stories and fairytales—a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. MCT arrives in town with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting—everything it takes to put on a play . . . except the cast. The next MCT visit will be next October.